The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, has urged corps members to cultivate and maintain a healthy relationship with their host communities during their national service in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Barrister Abdul-raheem Adebayo Lawal gave the charge on Tuesday at the closing ceremony and terminal parade of the 2023 batch B stream one Orientation course held at the NYSC permanent Orientation camp, Ogbakuta, Iseyin.
Lawal maintained that the people of Oyo State are very hospitable and accommodating, adding that they do not discriminate against non indigenes.
While asking the Corps members to respect the people’s tradition, norms and ways of life, he noted that they will pleasantly discover that the people of Oyo state are good welfarist stressing that their goodwill should not be taken for granted.
The deputy governor, who equally admonished the Corpers to make a positive use of their youthful age and be vibrant and positive minded, further enjoined them to seek advice when needed and do not be man in an Island.
He said: “You are the hope of the future of this nation, so, pursue ity, hardwork, humility, honesty and creativity.
“There may be setbacks along the line but do not let them define you, learn from and grow. Your tenacity will definitely see you through any challenge. restrict yourself to the company of people with idealism, courage and creativity. It is so disheartening to see a number of educated youth getting involved in crime. They are being blinded by the vanities of this world. Be confident and believe in urself. If you are not able to do great things, then do small things in a great way. Entrust the beauty of your dream to create the future you want to live.
“Dear Compatriots, always remember to be good ambassadors of both your families and the NSC Scheme wherever you might find yourselves after now.
Ensure that you refrain from any act that would tarnish the good image your predecessors have built over the years.
“I want to assure you that my administration and the good People of Oyo State would guarantee you excellent hospitality while also ensuring that your security and welfare are not compromised. Oyo State is relatively peaceful and you will enjoy the warmness of the people.
“I heartily commend the relentless efforts of the NYSC management and all stakeholders in properly grooming this batch of corps members who are zealous and ready to serve their fatherland in the Pacesetter State.
“Finally, I urge you to meditate and ponder afresh on how best you can serve the tion this service year and also make up your mind that you would strive more an ever before to be in pursuit of excellence at all times.
vish you a memorable and rewarding service year.
“On this note, it is my honour and privilege to declare the 2023 Batch ‘ B’ Stream ne Orientation Course closed. Thank you and God bless.”
Earlier in his remarks, the state coordinator, Mr Odoba Abel Oche, said the Batch B Stream One Corps members have participated in the three week Orientation Course ad being qualified and cleared to proceed to the next stage which is the primary assignment.
He appealed to all corps employers to be more responsive to their responsibilities towards corps welfare, show them love, correct their mistakes and commend them when they get it right, adding that it will engender cordial employer/employee relationship and in the process encourage corps members to give of their best in national service.